Azara's Agouti | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Azara's Agouti

Dasyprocta azarae

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The South American Azara's Agouti is a small shy creature that lives in lowlands. They eat on their haunches from a diet which includes fruit, plants, seeds and nuts, holding food with their paws, just like squirrels. Known for their exceptionally sharp teeth, they are the only mammal that can crack open a brazil nut with its strong jaws.

Native Range →

Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil

Natural Habitat  →

Lowland rainforests

Diet  →

Herbivorous: seeds, nuts and fruits

Life Expectancy  →

In the wild: Unknown. In a zoo: Up to 20 years

Breeding  →

Gestation period: around 90 days. 2-4 young

Group Name  →

A mob

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →


Fun fact

Azara's Agouti are monogamous, which means they stay with the same partner for life.

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